Friday, January 27, 2012

Recipe Day: Mexican Pie

This recipe is one I really thought I had already posted at some point, but can't find an entry for. I am very fond of recipes that can include whatever I have on hand for last-minute meals. This is one which is easy to keep ingredients on hand and make on a night when time is short, hunger is high and you want to "push the 'easy' button".

I normally make in two pans so I have enough for everyone and rarely do I have leftovers. To help fill my hungry boys, I also make spanish rice (homemade and rarely the same twice!) and black or refried beans (also homemade - so easy and healthier than the tinned version.)

As a side note, when I make two pans, I make one spicy and one that is not as spicy, for the younger children. The spicy one uses straight enchilada sauce, the milder version mixes a can of mild enchilada sauce with diced tomatoes and omits the chili powder.

 Mexican Pie

Monday, January 9, 2012

Un-Churchy Thoughts... In Church

It should be no surprise to my loyal fans... er... friends and readers that I go to church nearly every Sunday. One of the things I've struggled with, really for quite some time, is staying mentally present during worship. Some people are distracted by people whispering nearby - an inappropriate thing to be doing in church, but people do and what then? Others are distracted by the noise small children make (in our church it's referred to with a chuckle as "Holy Noise.") And for yet another group, it is just the long to-do list awaiting them at home. The point is, we all deal with distracting thoughts in church.

It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it can be a problem!

These past few weeks I've been really paying attention to where my mind has been during prayers. The church we attend is pretty small. Many of the women wear ankle-length skirts, especially the married or older women. About half of the women choose to wear a headscarf and cover their hair. I don't and have never felt pressured to but some do and that's their thing. 

Some of the younger girls, who are still in high school, about the enter their college years, however, push the envelope. And my mind has strayed to meow-meow thoughts about their choices:

That skirt is a little short, don'cha think? Meow.

Don't bend forward too far, Honey, you show a little too much that way. Mrreow.

Yikes! Polka dots and stripes... Really?! Mrrreow!

Ahem... You get the idea. Does all this make me a bad person? Well, hopefully not bad, but it does certainly put a spotlight on a weak spot!


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